Skip the chips with this tasty Spinach Artichoke Dip. Go with fried bowtie pasta instead!
Have you guys heard about Boudreaux and Thibodeaux? Don’t worry, I didn’t know anything about Boudreaux and Thibodeaux until I moved to Louisiana. So who are these two guys? They’re fictional Cajun characters who wander into all sorts of hilarious situations. As far as I can tell, there is no single author or cartoonist behind Boudreaux and Thibodeaux. Instead, they exist more in the local folklore of south Louisiana. Boudreaux and Thibodeaux represent stereotypical Cajuns, and they are usually presented as somewhat less-than-educated. (I should note that I don’t actually view Cajuns this way…but I do enjoy a good Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke!)
Not long after moving to Louisiana, a co-worker asked me if I’d heard about Boudreaux and Thibodeaux yet. From new Cajun foods to new Cajun names to new Cajun towns, there was a lot for me to learn in my first months in Louisiana. I gave my co-worker a quizzical look, and she proceeded to tell me a story about Boudreaux and his buddy Thibodeaux.
One day, a granddaddy crawfish was swimming along in a ditch with his grandson crawfish. The younger crawfish swam ahead but then quickly came rushing back. Grandpa asked the little guy what was wrong. The younger crawfish said, “There’s a big, scary thing up there!” Grandpa crawfish investigated and told his grandson, “Oh, that’s just a cow. Cows won’t hurt you.” And the two kept on swimming.
A few minutes later, the baby crawfish came rushing back again. “Grandpa, there’s another scary thing up there.” Grandpa rolled his crawfish eyes and went up to investigate. “Don’t worry. That’s just a house dog. See the collar around his neck? House dogs usually don’t bother us crawfish.” And the two kept on swimming.
A few minutes later, the baby crawfish comes rushing back once again. “Grandpa, Grandpa, there’s some scary things up there.” Grandpa swims ahead to check it out. He sees Boudreaux and Thibodeaux fishing in the ditch up ahead. Grandpa turns tail and rushes back, grabbing the baby crawfish by the claw as he goes. “Run! Those are Cajuns up there, and they’ll eat anything!”
So there ya go. Now you’ve heard about Boudreaux and his buddy Thibodeaux. In my experience down in Louisiana, Cajuns will indeed eat just about anything. But here’s the thing. Cajuns will take just about anything and turn it into something delicious! From spicy Cajun Grilled Shrimp to Cinnamon King Cakes, I’m a huge fan of all of the new foods I learned about while I was living in Baton Rouge. One night, a bunch of us went out to dinner, and we ordered Spinach Artichoke Dip as an appetizer. I’m a big fan of Spinach Artichoke Dip, but this one was unique. Instead of chips, it was served with fried bowtie pasta. Say what? Fried pasta? I didn’t know you could fry pasta. Well, you can indeed fry pasta…and it makes for a great dipper with this tasty Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Making fried pasta isn’t all that hard, but it does take a bit of time. It’s definitely faster to just pop open a bag of tortilla chips, and truthfully I usually go with tortilla chips when I make this Spinach Artichoke Dip. However, I’ve always remembered snacking on that fried pasta in Baton Rouge, and I wanted to give it a shot. You have to cook the pasta first and then coat it with eggs and breadcrumbs before frying it up. That’s a few steps for sure. But I can promise that everyone will remember that time you served the delicious Spinach Artichoke Dip with fried pasta. Enjoy!